Frequently Asked Questions
A big part of what we do here is answer all of our patients’ dental-related questions, so below, we’ve included some of the most common ones we hear every day. Be sure to give us a call if you have a question that isn’t on this page!
How often should I visit the dentist?
Our team agrees with the American Dental Association on this one: patients of all ages should attend at least two checkups and cleanings each year to achieve and maintain a healthy set of teeth. These appointments will ensure that any issue you might have won’t have the chance to turn into a major problem!
Can I bring my child to Desert Vista Dental West?
Yes! Whether your child is a toddler, teenager, or somewhere in between, they will always be welcome to our practice. Our team has plenty of experience with younger patients, and we can provide a number of services that are specifically designed to protect growing smiles from tooth decay. We can even help children learn about the basics of home oral hygiene.
My gums bleed every time I brush/floss. Is this normal?
If you’ve recently started flossing within the last week or so, then a little bleeding is perfectly normal, and it should stop within a few days. If it persists, then you might be cleaning your teeth with too much pressure, or you may even have early-stage gum disease. Try brushing/flossing with a lighter touch and see if this helps. If it doesn’t, give our office a call so we can take care of any minor infection you have right away.
I think that I might have a cavity. What should I do?
Have you noticed a dark spot on one of your teeth? Do you have a minor toothache? If so, then you should give our office a call. You won’t be able to do anything about a cavity on your own, and it will only get worse if you ignore it. Fortunately, fixing a cavity is nice and easy these days! We’ll likely be able to take care of it in just one quick appointment with either a tooth-colored filling or dental crown we can fabricate in-house.
Do I need to replace my missing teeth?
Yes! Even a single missing tooth can lead to serious aesthetic and function problems for the smile, and they will likely get worse over time. People with missing teeth are much more vulnerable to developing gum disease, which in itself is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the US! Thankfully, we have a multitude of treatments that can reliably replace any number of missing teeth, able to secure your smile’s appearance and health for many years to come.
Do I have to get metal braces to straighten my teeth?
Not anymore! For patients who want a more cosmetically-friendly orthodontic treatment, our practice is able to offer Invisalign. This system uses crystal-clear aligner trays as opposed to brackets and wires to gently shift the teeth, and they are so discreet-looking that no one will notice that you’re wearing them. You can even take them off whenever it’s time to eat or brush, helping Invisalign slip seamlessly into any lifestyle.
Will you accept my dental insurance?
Our practice accepts a long list of dental insurance plans from many providers, and you can view a complete list here. If you don’t see your provider on it, we may still accept your plan, so be sure to give us a call to learn how we can use your particular policy to help you save.